Food Sourcing

Great tasting food starts with good quality ingredients. That’s why we work closely with our suppliers to ensure that we receive the best produce, so that we can continue to serve award winning meals in your school, everyday. We believe that using locally sourced produce not only means high quality food, but also means that we are limiting our carbon footprint whilst supporting local businesses.  

We source our fresh fruits, vegetables, milk, cheese, and free range eggs from Ralph Livesey Ltd who are based next door in Lancashire, and is a long standing family of farmers with over 100 years experience.

Working closely with our suppliers means that we not only know which farms our produce is grown, we’ve also visited them! We've been to Livesey's potato-sorting plant in Skelmersdale. There, freshly harvested potatoes are taken from the surrounding fields directly to the plant, where they are washed, sorted, sized and packaged, ready for delivery to schools - here's our supplier with a box of freshly washed potatoes!

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More than 50% of the fresh fruit and vegetables Livesey's supply to our kitchens is grown in farms across the north west, including Lancashire, Merseyside andthe Fylde. The north west has a microclimate, which moves around the region, with southern parts warming up earlier in the year. This microclimate influences which farms the crops are sourced from at different times of the year.

We have recently introduced a locally produced cheese, which we use in sandwiches, jacket potatoes and within recipes; this is produced by Dewlay Cheesemakers, based in Garstang, Lancashire. They source their milk from nine dairy farmers within a ten-mile radius of their site, and are unique in that they have their own wind turbine that powers their entire operation.  


Of course, before any food is approved for inclusion on the school menu, our nutrition team check the food specification against Manchester Fayre's Food Standard, this means that we do not use ingredients that contain:

  • harmful additives, artificial trans-fats or have been geneticallly modified
  • gelatine, lard, animal suet or whey made using animal rennet

We only use vegetable based oils and fats in the preparation and cooking of our recipes. To view the full content of our Food Standard, please click here.